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Undergraduate Summer Scholars Program

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Undergraduates - Sophomore
Undergraduates - Junior
Undergraduates - Senior

Note: this opportunity encourages applications from community college students.

Oregon Sea Grant is excited to announce our sixth annual Summer Scholars Program for eligible undergraduates. This ten-week program places high caliber undergraduate students from around the country with public agencies (federal, state, and local) to provide students with hands-on experience under the mentorship of a career professional. In addition to supporting agency programs and initiatives, the goals of the program are to offer students professional skills, agency workplace experience, and real life practice in marine science, policy, management, and outreach.

Ultimately, the Oregon Sea Grant Undergraduate Summer Scholars program aims to increase the number of graduates who are work ready, trained in public agency marine program areas, and able to apply marine science, policy, management, and outreach skills to the most pressing coastal and ocean issues facing Oregon and the nation.

Summer Scholar Obligations and Activities: Student Scholars will be placed with the Oregon Sea Grant Program, a federal or state agency, or non-governmental organization, and will assist host agencies with field work, lab work, analysis, research, policy development, and/or outreach and public engagement efforts. They will be assigned to a specific project under a mentor and will be expected to dedicate at least 40 hours a week to the program. The program will provide students with training on subjects such as ecosystem-based management, professional and scientific communication, field- and lab-based scientific methods, natural resource policy development, public outreach, and roles of federal, state and local governments in natural resource management. The program will include field trips within Oregon and an opportunity for students to present their summer work. Scholars will be expected to participate in all program activities and complete a final project report during the final week of their experience.

Selection Process: Applications will be reviewed by the Program Leader, Program Coordinator and a small selection committee. Top candidates will be interviewed by video conference by the selection committee. Up to nine students will be selected based on the following criteria:

-Academic achievement, especially in natural and social sciences

-Writing and ability to articulate academic and professional goals

-Letters of recommendation

-Verbal communication skills, as demonstrated during interview

-Alignment of applicant interests, goals, and skills with the needs of host agencies and mentors.

Award: Selected students will be awarded a $4,000 stipend to offset living expenses during the ten-week fellowship. Student housing will be provided to those students who need it at no cost to the student. A small number of need-based assistance grants may be available to cover travel expenses; these will require a supplemental application once students are selected.

Application Deadline: 2/15/2024

Participating Institution(s):
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Oregon Sea Grant (Lead)
NOAA Sea Grant
Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Oregon State University
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Aquatic & Fisheries Sciences
Conservation Biology & Wildlife
Ecology & Evolution
Marine Sciences & Oceanography
Natural Resources
STEM Fields

Coastal Ecosystems
Marine Chemistry
Marine Ecology
Marine Policy
Marine Reserves
Marine Science
Marine Wetlands
Water Quality
Wildlife Biology

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This program is funded by:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA)

Page last updated 4/21/2023
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